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Droves of drones at Big Iron

Droves of drones at Big Iron

Drones flew above a demonstration field recently in West Fargo, N.D. Someday, drones could be commonplace above Upper Midwest fields and pastures — provided the Federal Aviation Administration releases some long-awaited guidelines.

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JSDC approves CHS incentives

The Jamestown/Stutsman (N.D.) Development Corp. Board of Directors unanimously approved Thursday participating in a tax incentive for the planned CHS nitrogen fertilizer plant in Spiritwood.

NDSU rail shipment study withdrawn days after it was released in May

North Dakota State University staff confirms a preliminary study of rail shipment delays was withdrawn days after it was released, but the withdrawal only recently received attention.

US lawmakers fault rail sector for slow service

U.S. rail operators must put investment ahead of profits to clear the way for grain, automotive and chemical shipments now clogging the tracks, lawmakers said at a congressional hearing Wednesday about the health of the rail grid.

FAO: World food prices at near four-year low in August

World food prices in August hit their lowest since September 2010 as prices of all major food groups except meat fell, led by a sharp decline in dairy prices, the UN’s food agency says.

Official: US grain glut is testing rail and storage system

A stockpile of U.S. Midwest grain will likely increase in the coming months and tax farmers already desperate to house or haul corn, soybeans and other products ahead of an expected record harvest, a U.S. Department of Agriculture official said on Wednesday.

Minn. propane outlook improves, but officials monitor

The propane outlook for this winter is brighter than a year ago, when shortages nearly quadrupled the hearting fuel’s price, but state officials urge poor Minnesotans to apply now for heating assistance if they think they will not be able to fill their tanks.

Big Iron opener comes amid harvest, commodity price worries

Big Iron opener comes amid harvest, commodity price worries

The annual Big Iron Farm Show has operated among euphoric times in agricultural pricing many times in the past. Not this year. With corn prices projected around $3 per bushel for the next two or three years, farmers are scratching their heads and sharpening their pencils about how many new, big machines they’ll be able to afford.

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Farmers, American Crystal Sugar see shortage of harvest workers

Farmers, American Crystal Sugar see shortage of harvest workers

Finding harvest help has become a bigger challenge with growing competition for workers around the region.

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Weather could dampen harvest momentum

Weather could dampen harvest momentum

A beautiful weekend marked by high temperatures got southwest North Dakota’s wheat harvest rolling, farmers said Monday. But, the momentum likely won’t last long as frost-producing temperatures and rain in the forecast for the next three days look to slow the already-late production season.

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CHS to pay $3M annually in lieu of taxes for 20 years

The planned CHS nitrogen fertilizer plant in Spiritwood, N.D., will become the largest property taxpayer in the state upon completion, even though it is receiving a 20-year tax incentive.

WATCH: A sneak peek into the next issue of Agweek

Join Editor Lisa Gibson for a glimpse into the Sept. 15 issue, including a cover story on the sugar beet industry in Montana. We'll also bring you coverage of the Big Iron Farm Show, new data from USDA and more. Don't miss it.

CHS officials explain fertilizer production

The process of creating fertilizer out of natural gas could literally be described as pulling nitrogen out of the air. CHS announced Friday that it is proceeding with construction of a $3 billion plant northeast of Jamestown that will turn natural gas from North Dakota’s oilfields into nitrogen fertilizer for the region’s farmers.

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Chesapeake Bay, EPA and agriculture

In late July, Washington Post reporter Darryl Fears wrote an article, “Alarming ‘dead zone’ grows in Chesapeake” that summarized the concern of Virginia and Maryland officials who “said the expanding area of oxygen-starved water is on track to become the bay’s largest ever.”

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